The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a combined B.S./M.S. program for students currently enrolled at the University of Maryland.  Students enrolled in the B.S./M.S. program will earn both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science with thesis in five years.

Students must apply to the University of Maryland Graduate School during the January before their senior year. They will begin their graduate program during the semester or summer following their B.S. graduation.

The minimum requirements for acceptance into this combined program are:

  • At least a 3.50 GPA
  • No more than 24 credits of ENMA courses remaining for the B.S. degree
  • No more than 6 credits of GENED requirements remaining for the B.S. degree
  • Two letters of recommendation including one from the likely thesis advisor
  • A statement of research interests

Students interested in pursuing this degree option should discuss the possibility with their advisor by early in their junior year.  Ideally, the student should have identified a faculty advisor and have begun to work on a research project by their senior year.

Students will identify three graduate courses which will be taken generally during their senior year. These courses will count toward both the undergraduate and the graduate degree. During the following year, the student must complete the remaining requirements for the M.S. degree with thesis—the non-thesis option is not available as part of the five-year B.S./M.S. program.

Read more about M.S. degree requirements

If after you discuss with your faculty advisor that you want to pursue this program, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Complete the Application (departmental application). Signatures required.

Once your application is reviewed and approved by the department, follow the additional steps below. **Please wait to hear from the department before moving forward with step 2 and step 3.

Step 2: Complete the Combined Bachelor's and Master's Course Request form (form required by the College) every semester (while in the BS/MS program). See form here.  

Step 3: Students must apply to the University of Maryland Graduate School during the January before their senior year.

Step 4: Complete the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degrees form and signatures are required (form required by the Graduate School). See form here

Undergraduate students may normally register for a maximum of 9 credits to be double-counted towards both programs. Courses listed on the form are not included into the graduate program until the student is formally admitted to the Graduate School and completes a request for Inclusion of Credit for Master’s Degrees.

Step 5: Complete a request for Inclusion of Credit for Master’s Degrees (after all steps are completed). See form here

**Current University of Maryland students who are majoring in another engineering field may also take advantage of this program.  If they meet the requirements above, they may receive the B.S. in their field and the M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering.